Baltimore Orioles right-hander Miguel Gonzalez Clears Waivers

Now former Baltimore Orioles right-hander Miguel Gonzalez has cleared release waivers and is officially a free agent. The Orioles are interested in bringing back the veteran of four Major League seasons, but he is also drawing interest from other clubs in search of rotation depth.

Gonzalez, who is 31, was a key piece of Baltimore’s rotation over the last three years. In four big league seasons, he is 39-33 with a 3.82 ERA in 101 appearances (including 95 starts). The Orioles released him before Opening Day so hey could pay him $1.275 million compared to the $5.1 million figure he reached via arbitration over the offseason.

Baltimore OriolesThe Orioles hope they can re-sign Gonzalez and send him to Triple-A Norfolk. This spring, Gonzalez has seen his velocity reach no higher than the upper 80s, and he surrendered 21 earned runs and 35 hits over 19.1 innings, striking out just eight batters.

Chris Tillman is back as Baltimore’s ace followed by Yovani Gallardo, Ubaldo Jimenez and Mike Wright. Kevin Gausman will open the season on the disabled list. With Dylan Bundy beginning the year in the bullpen, and top prospect Hunter Harvey considered a year away from being Major League ready, the Orioles are reportedly active on the trade front to bring in another starting pitcher.

Tyler Wilson, a 26-year-old right-hander with just nine big league appearances, made the Opening Day roster and could serve as the No. 5 starter, at least in April.

About the Author

Jeff Louderback
A former sports writer for a daily newspaper in Ohio, Jeff Louderback is a professional freelance writer, author and editor who lives in the midst of Cincinnati, Columbus and Dayton. He writes baseball features for several publications, including prospect profiles for Baseball America. He served as the founder, editor and columnist for Sox and Pinstripes, a blog that covered the Red Sox and Yankees; and BoSox Banter, a site that covered the Red Sox, the Red Sox farm system and baseball-themed travel. Jeff is also the co-author of the life story of former Major League pitcher Brian Tollberg, whose inspirational story saw him rise from the University of North Florida and the independent Frontier League’s Chillicothe Paints to a climb up the minors in the Brewers and Padres systems before tasting success in the majors with the Padres. The book will be released in 2016.

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